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Countdown show learns some new tricks

I just watched the Countdown to UFC81 show, and I gotta say it wasn’t too bad. It looks like they’ve addressed a lot of the criticisms I leveled against them for getting it’s ass kicked by Hatton/Mayweather 24/7. I still don’t get why their countdown show plays ONCE a few days before the event rather than 20 times over the weeks leading up to the show. But the UFC has cribbed a lot of the stylistic details that made the HBO 24/7 shows more compelling:

  • a narrator that doesn’t sound like he’s about to do a backflip off a motorcycle while gargling mountain dew.
  • an orchestral score rather than retarded nu-metal
  • a new director’s style that looks more documentary than MTV Cribs

Of course, Dana White and Joe Rogan are still spitting out the same hammy sound bytes as always … “This guy could really be the next big thing”, “It all depends on which Mir shows up”, blah blah blah blah blah. But hey, you can’t fix everything overnight and I declare this a step in the right direction.

  • winklepicker

    Does Timmy have a lazy eye in that poster?

  • RoB

    Hey FL, where can i find a list of places airing ufc 81? do they still have those?

  • kentyman

    He’s probably crying.

  • Swedish guy

    Maybe he got some blood in his eye. Not crying.

  • Swedish guy

    Gonna watch that show now, btw.

  • MacDaddy

    No he definitely crying because Matt Hughes wouldn’t let him join his secret club.

  • Dan

    just set this away to download so ill watch it in the morn. here in the uk its on just before the main event. bit pointless i think. sould be on atleast a few days before the event

  • Matt (but I signed up as Mr. Unbelievable Pants)

    A backflip off a motorcycle huh… I like it!

    I still felt the show lacked the depth, the impact, that somehow came across in the 24/7 show. Still, it’s an improvement. Any reduction of the levels of nu-metal is alright with me.

  • threatis

    “it all depends on which Mir shows up”?

    *pictures Mir showing up in a tophat, tails, monacle and handlebar*

  • Dangerfield

    Wheres the crazy abundance of pubic hair?

  • JiuJitsu365

    You nailed it with Dana White and Rogan. Their pitch is getting old…

  • Ason

    Please, Please can you guys check your iTunes uploads

    It hasn’t been updating for me. I’m a big fan–don’t ignore me.

  • RoB

    due to the large quantity of fightlinker fans we are unable to process your request at this time

  • JiuJitsu365

    The show was pretty good last night. I have a lot more respect for Brock Lesnar. I wish they would stop hyping that WWE stuff though….

  • frickshun

    Watched it last night. I think these changes are very significant. They’re finally treating it more like a sport than WWE. I liked the show. They showed more training & used real music. Rogan is a broken record w/his empty hyping. Everybody seems to be “for real” & “dangerous”. So is rectal cancer. How ya doin Ryan?

  • Matt (but I signed up as Mr. Unbelievable Pants)

    Rogan and White sell their souls every event to hype up these fighters. They have no shame… whoever wins, the other person will be shown to suck ass milk, but Rogan and White won’t even blink.

  • Dan

    anyone seen the all access with lesnar yet?

  • #1 jackal

    (Joe Rogan with eyes open wide and wearing a black shirt)-
    This guy is craazzzy strong and his jits is top notch in the world. If he mounts you it is baaaaaddd newwwss my friend. If the right guy shows up, he can be verrrrryy dangerous.

    But on a side note, what are they suppose to say, are they really suppose to say this fight is going to suck and lesnar will gnp the shit out of mir. Or that this fight sucks and it isnt worth watching bc mir will tap lesnar since lesnar doesnt have any sub defense.

    I am such a d-bag though, I will watch whatever they show. I mean I listen to the low blow, and visit this website dailey.

  • winklepicker

    Rogan needs to lay off the Red Bull.

  • kentyman

    “This guy’s got siiiiick submissions. I mean, his jiu jitsu is worrrld claaaass.”

  • scorchamatic

    is red bull code for teh cocaine?

  • mmaninja

    their mistake was to spend any time at all on the lame-iac.

  • Tommy

    I can’t believe the UFC raised their ppv’s up 5 more dollars. Not that it will stop anyone from getting them, but they obviously feel pretty comfortable that people will buy them nomatter what.

  • Tommy

    I also can’t believe so many people are betting on Nate. Personally I think Horn is gonna be deadly at 185.

  • spike64

    Hey FL are you OK?

  • MacDaddy

    Hey – if there’s any other Toronto people on here – am I correct in assuming that you cant get UFC PPV in HD on Rogers in Toronto?

  • Doc Strict

    MacDaddy: I believe that is correct, but I don’t know why. I have been thinking about calling Rogers to find out why, but I just haven’t gotten around to it.

  • koolpaw

    no update …
    FL got sued by Zuff@?


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  • kentyman

    I dunno, but if Ryan needs some time off while he’s dealing with health issues, I’m all for it.

    Hope you’re feeling better.

  • marshal

    Joe Rogan called horse face a whore at the weigh ins, it was sweet.

  • kentyman

    I believe he called Edith Arianny’s cohort. Not co-whore. :)

  • marshal

    That’s not as exciting :(
    At least he cut on Barry Bond’s steroid head circumference.